GE has issued a recall of 174,000 GE Dishwashers due to reports of fire hazard associated with these dishwashers. Apparently, water condensation has been leaking onto the electronic control board. The water damage to the dishwasher can potentially cause a short circuit and result in an overheated connector.
Five GE dishwashers have reportedly caught fire, although it sounds like there was no major consequence beyond minor damage. Who knows how long GE has had concerns about this dishwasher but it actually sounds like GE is doing the right thing getting out in front of the problem before anyone really gets hurt. GE is asking owners of these dishwashers subject to this recall to contact GE for a free in-home repair kit or, alternatively, GE will give a GE rebate for $200 for the purchase of a new GE Profile dishwasher, or a $400 rebate to aid in purchasing a new GE Monogram dishwasher.
The GE dishwashers included in the recall include the GE Profile Dishwashers manufactured between July 2003 and December 2006.
To see if your dishwasher is in the recall, check the CPSC website to find the recalled model and serial numbers involved.